Whether it was windy or rainy, the ancient warriors settled down on this wild Great Wall, camped in the beacon, and didn't sleep a day in peace. It was on this Great Wall that the campers spent many a dark night and many a sacrifice in the battles that were fought here. Today, we have camping tents and sleeping bags for you to be a warrior guarding Beijing. Your camping is legal and safe. We have everything ready for you. Please look forward to the enchanting sunrise tomorrow morning.
We'll leave Beijing at 8 (in winter) and 9:30 (in summer). Drive 2 hours to Huanghuacheng, the section known of sitting besides the two lakes. It is perhaps the least crowded part of the Great Wall around Beijing. Gourmet lunch and dinners are served locally. Camping on the Great Wall will be the highlight of the day!
The typical sunrise time is around 5 am in summer or 7 am in winter. You won't want to miss the moment. We'll deliver breakfast to your watchtower so you won't have to leave where you camp. After you complete your sunrise watching and good rest, we'll drive you back to Beijing. You'll arrive at 9 am in your hotel.
PLATINUM PACKAGE from USD $249/person (4-person group)
Private or Semi-private English Tour including private transfers, tickets, camping setup, and meals. Your guide will walk with you for every step from hotel pickup to drop-off and on the Great Wall!
GOLD PACKAGE from USD $209/person (4-person group)
Private tour with our local Chinese-speaking guide who can use a translation app. with private transfers. You'll have the professional transfer service with our driver. Everything is the same as the Platinum Package except that you pay less.
* Personal transfers from and to hotel
* Entry fees to the Great Wall
* Two lunches, one dinner and one breakfast (delivered to your watchtower)
* The privilege of camping on the Great Wall and exclusive access to the camping watch tower
* All necessary camping gears such as tents & bags
* Quality vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking tour guide
* Free membership card
* A credit of $10 when you reserve the next tour with us
We did not book our trip ahead of time and were only in Beijing for 2 days. This seemed to be the only company that we were able to book the day before. The price was comparable to most all others and reviews seemed good, so we gave it a shot. Our guide made sure that we had water and let us prepare ourselves at our own pace. He offered to take plenty of pictures when needed, but was not intrusive. After we walked around for a while and he explained the history of the Great Wall, he asked if we would like him to show us around the wall more, or if we would like to venture on our own. The Great Wall was absolutely beautiful and we were lucky enough to have clear skies. What an amazing experience!!
- andymar5280 Experienced September 2016.
At noon in summer or at 10 am in winter, your guide will pick you up from your hotel. You will head for Huanghuacheng (or Huanghua Great Wall). The drive usually takes 2 hours.
Going to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, you have four things to do at least. First, you should take photos. Since the lake breaks this section of the Great Wall into three segments naturally, its uniqueness might surprise you. And the Huanghuacheng Reservoir lies here, shaped like a curved moon. Second, go to visit the chestnut garden under the Great Wall, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. The ancient chestnut trees still grow very well. Third, climb up the steepest section of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, Shibadeng.It is like a dragon, ready to fly into the blue sky. Fourth,look at Yaoziyu Castle. It was built in the Ming Dynasty,still well preserved. In the castle, there is an ancient Chinese scholar tree. It is said that touching it could bring you a blessing.
The highest point of the wall is a broken watchtower, and from there you will have a wide panoramic view of the whole valley. From this summit the Wall dives steeply downwards into the valley. The Gate is located at the bottom, an opening in the wall, which connects the Zhuangdaokou village on the inside, with the still-well-preserved Yaoziyu Castle,built in the Ming Dynasty, on the outside. Over the top of the passageway is another watchtower where we will rest a short while before continuing on. On the inside of the gate you will notice three large characters carved in the stone,indicating the name of the village – ZhuangDaoKou. On the outside is written the name of the passageway - “ZhenNuPass” - meaning “Defeat to Invaders”, a warning to potential attackers in ancient times.
From here we will continue to trek westward, climbing towards the broken wall to our destination, a peak overlooking Xishuiyu Lake. From our vantage point, we will see a real treat, the broken wall running underwater! From this point, the wall is in too bad a condition to walk, so we will follow a delightful mountain trail to Xishuiyu village to descend.
We will go to the farm inn called "Times of the Ancient Pass" where we will have a gourmet country-style Chinese dinner. All the vegetables are planted here and all the poultry are raised here locally.
Upon sunset arrives, you may walk for just 10 minutes back to the Wall to catch the magnificent views from a watchtower. When it is dark, you will walk for just 10 minutes back to the tower where you will spend the night by camping.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner in the local restaurants
Bottled Water: Unlimited
Accommodations: Camping at Huanghuacheng Great Wall
If camping is not your choice, you may overnight in a home inn at the foot of the Great Wall.
Waking up at about 5 am the summer or 7:00 am in winter, you will meet the magnificent sunrise from the Great Wall. Take a lot of pictures and videos!
After having a continental breakfast, you will return to Beijing or go to the airport or train station to catch your next trip. The inbound traffic to Beijing in the morning is relatively smooth, you will get back to your hotel around 9 am.
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